Dale Hollow level almost hits record high
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has begun to release water from its storage projects, according to a press release.
The Cumberland River Basin has been subjected to a series of heavy rainfall events going back to late February. The Corps of Engineers elected to store water from these storms in reservoirs to lower river levels and to help alleviate flooding on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, which are experiencing record flooding. Currently the Mississippi River in Memphis has major flooding and they are at 14 feet above flood stage at 48 ft with large amount of residents evacuating.
A large volume of water, approximately 3,234,00 acre-feet, which is equivalent to one trillion gallons of water, has been captured in the Cumberland Basin flood storage projects, resulting in significant increases in their lake levels.
The lake level for Wolf Creek Dam has gone up about 45 feet since late February. Dale Hollow Lake has seen a rise of approximately 16 feet which has impacted local marinas flooding ramps, parking lots, campgrounds.
During May of last year, the Cumberland River flooded and reached downtown Nashville causing devastation to homes and businesses. Dale Hollow Lake level during that time got to 657.06, up from the May average of 649. On May 5th, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that Dale Hollow reached the third highest level on record at 660.16, the highest was in 1984 at 660.22.